My January Birchbox is juicy

DSC_0004 DSC_0005 DSC_0006 DSC_0007 DSC_0008Is it still January?  That’s what I asked the hubs today but we were pretty sure there was one more day…. That’s what its like working from home sometimes.  You just lose sense of time and days even.  It’s usually pretty wonderful not to be ruled by the clock.  Although today I just wish it were tomorrow.  No reason really, just one of those days.

I thought I took some pictures of my Birchbox this month but I can’t find them and I don’t feel like putting it all together again.  Here’s what they sent me this month:

1//DDF Wrinkle resist pore minimizer.  I love this just for the silky smooth feel of it on my skin…and I like the idea of you not seeing my pores that I tend to fuss over..$85 for a full bottle…umm yikes!

2//Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy.  La-UV-e this! Always wanted to buy me a bottle of this one but I tend to get sneezy wearing too much perfume…ugh. Vday prez?

3//Keratase Elixir Ultime…a hair oil in a tiny wee bottle…a few drops and my hair looks more relaxed, smooth and smells delish!  But $54 for a full bottle..pleez and no thank you.

4//theBalm cosmetics Hot Mama..2 in one blush/highlighter in a shell pink/golden color. LOVE it.  Might actually buy a full version for $20, we’ll see.

5//Keratase Nurtrive thermique…a leave in cream that I haven’t used yet…

Thanks for stoppin in and thanks to my cat Orangey for modeling the Birchbox, um,  Box.

Top 10 posts from my 1st 100

I’ve blogged 100 posts people!  Can’t really believe I’ve stuck with it for this long.  I mean, I’m just kinda always onto new things all the time. Sometimes I swear I have a bit of ADD; just look at my house right now, I have 3 walls/doors that are halfway painted, 5 chairs I’m refinishing in the garage, and an entire room devoted to my crafts that is an absolute MESS I say!  Plus I’m constantly rearranging and moving art/furniture, ect.  But this blog…it’s a getaway for me.  I like it.  I like that you are reading this too, and sometimes sharing your thoughts with me and pressing the “like” button; and wordpress sends it to my email that someone took the time to do that.   So thanks for your time.

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These posts are the top 10 most viewed posts out of the 100 I’ve done so far (technically this is the 101st post!)  In no particular order, thanks for looking again.rustic wreath


I love that the top 10 are a mix of crafts, recipes, drinks and just pictures.  For a while I thought maybe only the recipes are getting attention but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all.

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So I think I will continue sharing my projects and recipes…cherry shortbreads


And perhaps just more of my life…

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Like today is rainy so I’m just going to take it easy, maybe start a new book…


I just finished reading Water for Elephants and to be honest I couldn’t put it down (I guess I’m not the book snob I thought I was)…


Any recommendations for a good read?

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Hope you have a great Tuesday…


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To enjoy whatever is going on in your life!

Blog Award Day



Faux antlers

DSC_0006DSC_0101DSC_0100DSC_0099There was a picture I found in my pottery barn mag that I loved of a wall full of small deer antlers all painted white.  At $25 a pop that was not a realistic or smart buy on my part so I made one.  I found a couple sticks that looked “antler-ish” and found this cute little wood piece at Michaels for $2.  With a little wood glue and white spray paint I made my own adorable faux antler decor for $6.  I actually love how the “antlers” are mismatched.  I plan to make a few more and have my own pottery barn inspired wall!  Cute huh?  Have you ever wanted to use deer antlers in your decor?

I made a felt kindle cover

DSC_0096 DSC_0097 DSC_0095 DSC_0094 kindle coverI got a sewing machine a few months ago and had a goal to make 5 things by the end of 2012.  If you count the 5 tea towels I made then, yea, I did it. But really,  not really, because I had wanted to make 5 different projects.  So here’s project 3 (#2 was a paper garland) and I love it.

So I’m not the best sewer ever but this is useful and I made it, therefore it rules.  You can make one too if you can sew in a semi-straight-ish line.

Supplies: 2 felt pieces// sewing machine// thread and needle// 2 smallish rectangular fabric pieces// bead or button// elastic cord

I made this little case out of 2 pieces of felt and some fabric from an old pair of my hubby’s shorts which created the inside lining.  I measured the kindle and added a couple inches so I think it came out to be 9.5 inches by 6.25 ” for the felt and the inside pieces, so 4 rectangles the same size in all. Then I sewed it like you would a pillow, inside out like, then turned it inside out again so it was right side out.  That’s confusing, sorry.  So I sewed the inside shorts fabric to the felt pieces then sewed the felt pieces together (3 sides total), leaving one top side open.  It’ll be inside out then so you pull the fabric through the opening and done!  (Ok, that explanation wasn’t much better)  Well, just kidding. Then I hand sewed the pearl onto the “front” side of my case and stitched a loop of elastic to the other “back” side so you can “close” it up.  Now you can put it safely into your purse or man-bag and not worry about random coffee spills or beer or whatever you prefer on an outing. Yay.

Happy reading folks!


Detox Ingredient: Parsley + Fire cider recipe

IMG_4582DSC_0037DSC_0038When I did my cleanse a few weeks ago I learned that parsley is a super food and not just a garnish due to it’s unique components: volatile oils and flavonoids. The volatile oils help protect us from some carcinogens like those in cigarette and charcoal smoke while the flavonoids function as antioxidants protecting our cells from damage.  It is also a great source of vitamins C, A & K and the nutrients Iron and folate.  Vitamin C cancels out dangerous free radicals in the body therefore protecting us from all sorts of disease.  Vitamin A, aka beta carotene, is also an antioxidant that helps protect us from diseases like diabetes, colon cancer and arteriosclerosis (hey, I heart my heart!).

I’ve always loved parsley in tabouli but I’m going to start using it in salads, on fish, in stews and soups and in this: Fire Cider.  It’s a whole food remedy for colds and flu and helpful for allergies,  digestion, circulation and bronchitis.  I am an allergy sufferer so that is my main reason for making this.  The fire cider is incredibly tart and I only eat a spoonful once-twice daily.  I also eat it on salads as a vinaigrette with some olive oil.  Here’s how I made it:

Ingredients: apple cider vinegar (preferably organic)// 3 tbs horseradish root// 3 tbs grated/peeled ginger// one head garlic// small onion// 3 tbs fresh parsley// 1 C organic beets.

1. Blend all ingredients and pour into a jar.  Pour the apple cider vinegar to the top of the jar.  Label with the date  2. Refridgerate for 2-4 weeks and do not open it!  You can strain out the liquid and bottle it for use or I just use it all because it’s so good!  Be careful though if you have heartburn or stomach issues or take blood thinners because it might exacerbate these problems.  To our health!

If you want more info on fire cider and parsley, check out these sites: (a little nutritional info + recipe) (Fire cider recipe-not the one I used, but the main ingredients are similar) (this lovely blog is where I first learned of Fire cider) (this site is great to learn all about the nutritional content of food, love it) (tons of recipes that have parsley)

Diamond mobile

DSC_0040 DSC_0041 DSC_0047 DSC_0049Hey, TGIF!  Sorry about the lack of daily posts, but I honestly just haven’t felt like being on the computer every day even though I’m motivated to be doing lots of little crafties and cooking fun stuff.  Well, I’ll get around to posting them all eventually cuz I’ve been seriously doing a lot of crap around the house!  And I mean making clay stuff to planting stuff to painting old furniture and everything inbetween. It’s actually crazy how much stuff I’ve been doing. I need to relax! That is exactly what I’ll be doing this weekend too.  Oh yeah, getting a couples massage tomorrow then hanging with some old friends, woot woot!  Back to this post. I made some little clay diamonds (one of my pinterest projects) then drew with a silver sharpie a diamond-y shape so you could actually tell what it was, then strung them up.  It took me like, all day.  Like I watched 6 episodes of Downton Abby while I was rolling out the clay and cutting like a thousand of these guys.  Well, at least like 15, I didn’t count. But it was fun. I love clay I’ve decided. I’ll be posting some clay beads and necklaces that I made lately too, they are SO cute!  I love it.  Wait, I just counted–16 diamonds in this mobile!  oops, I gotta run, have a lovely weekend!

Hot tamale popcorn balls

DSC_0002 DSC_0003 DSC_0007 DSC_0012 DSC_0014Hey guys, this is going to be short and sweet, no pun intended, since I’ve got to run some errands today. I’m going to make some homemade ice cream with a $2 thrift store ice cream maker, I’m super excited!!!  Anyways, with the super bowl coming up and V-day in a month these hot tamale popcorn balls are a perfect little snack!  And super duper delicious, I’m not kidding.  I just followed Martha’s recipe but used pink peppermint flavored marshmallows, cuz I love pink, heh:) and hot tamale candies instead of her cranberries.  Use whatever you want, it’s fun and really sticky!


Irish coffee for cold winter nights

irishcoffeeIt’s cold outside guys!  I really shouldn’t complain because I live in the south, but I don’t think  my own body temperature regulates very well because I stay cold once I’m cold!  Ah well, at least our heat is working now, yay!  Ok, here’s a great drink to warm you up this winter, Irish coffee.  Mix 1.5 parts Jameson Irish whiskey into a mug or glass of coffee and add cream to your liking.  Sit by the fireplace.  There now, isn’t that better?  Hope your week is off to a good start!

Flourless egg muffins

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As you may know, I started this year out with a whole food cleanse which consisted of only fruits, veggies and nuts in an effort to get back on a clean-eating diet.  Not that we weren’t eating well, but a few extra sugars and floury products had slipped in to my cooking and I justified it by using whole wheat or organic sugars. But, we just didn’t feel as healthy eating them and truthfully I was sick of carrying around the extra 5 or so pounds I had gained since our wedding.  So we are placing way more emphasis on fresh veggies and fruits, proteins and healthy fats and less on the carby stuff like breads, pastas and processed stuff (thats what it is too, just “stuff”, not real food!)  We eat a lot of eggs now because they are a great source of protein and the essential nutrient choline. Choline is involved in brain and cellular health and helps reduce inflammation, which leads to disease.  In fact, one egg contains 26% of your daily choline! Also, if you don’t get enough choline, your body may not be getting enough of the B vitamin folic acid, which is essential to make new cells (+ very essential for pregnant women to prevent birth defects in their babies).

This recipe is easy and tasty so I’m a fan.

6 eggs// 1/2 lb cooked bacon// 1/4 C shredded cheese// 1/2 C chopped vegetables (onion, mushroom, broccoli, zucchini, tomato are good choices–I think I doubled the amount to a full cup of veggies too)

1// Preheat oven to 400

2// Beat eggs and mix in all ingredients

3// Pour the eggs into a greased muffin pan

4// Bake for 20 minutes

Three of these babies filled me up!


Make dreamcatchers

DSC_0093 DSC_0123 DSC_0125 DSC_0180 DSC_0181 DSC_0182 DSC_0185 DSC_0189 DSC_0190 DSC_0191So I haven’t been posting much this week, but I have been doing lots of fun crafty things, plus organizing my house and cleaning and all that you strive to do in the beginning of a new year.  It’s looking pretty good at this point but I still have a huge to-do list going on.  Here’s a craft I started on Xmas and found it to be the most fun, relaxing craft ever.  I loved making these dream catchers!

Supplies: wood beads// craft paint// feathers// metal rings or embroidery hoops// string// leather/suede cord or yarn// glue// lace

1// Wrap the cord or yarn tightly around the ring, glue a few spots to ensure it stays in place. 2// Take about 4 feet of string and start wrapping it in whatever zig zags or criss cross way you like. Or you could do this if you want to knot the string for a traditional dreamcatcher look.  I, however, like the crazy string look! 3// Slide your beads (I painted mine with metallic craft paint first) on the string while wrapping if you want or just tie them on later to hang pretty.  4// Paint your feathers with craft paints and glitter and tie them on to the yarn or cord however long you want them, about 5-8 strands. Knot them to the ring and Ta da!  I hung mine in our bedroom; after all, the point is to ensure we only have good dreams, right?

I plan to make some mini dreamcatchers soon with some old bangle jewelry I have, cute!